Matthew de Unger Brown, Mervyn Barrett’s former campaign manager, runs the Fund for the New American Century

Police Commissioner candidate resigns after funding mystery

Would-be crime chief says he received nothing from the US think- tank that allegedly funded him

Mervyn Barrett’s team resign en masse after question marks are raised over funding

Is police candidate a Trojan horse for right-wing American think-tank?

Mervyn Barrett's team resign en masse after question marks are raised over funding

Drinking vodka and taking drugs in school. Whose fault is it?

As the story of a 14 year-old girl drinking vodka and taking drugs on school premises emerged recently, her father feels her school should take responsibility.

Hooper fires Celtic to the top

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Lord and Lady Grantham the love story: Julian Fellowes plans Downton spin-off

Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes is planning to pen a prequel to hit ITV period drama Downton Abbey centred on a younger Lord Robert and Lady Cora Grantham.

Couple who claim to have seen the Essex lion insist the beast is still at large

Just when you though it was safe to go back on Clacton seafront, the couple who sparked a major police hunt after spotting what they believed was a runaway lion insisted the beast was still at large.

Bank holiday weather: Britain set for respite from rain

Britain should get some respite from the dismal Bank Holiday weather today before further heavy rain and strong winds bring a disappointing end to the long weekend.

Is there still room for coffee table books?

Do we still have a thirst for coffee table books?

As one leading publisher announces his retirement, Tim Walker investigates claims that this marks The End for large-format titles dying – and finds

Police chiefs: Cuts could leave police unprepared if riots are repeated

One of Britain's most senior police chiefs has warned that more Government cuts could leave forces unable to cope with a repeat of the riots that swept the country a year ago.

Plaid Cymru defeats Labour in latest by-elections

Labour went down to a landslide defeat against Plaid Cymru in the latest council by-elections.

Man stages protest on roof of Swinderby immigration centre

A man has scaled the roof of an immigration removal centre as part of a “peaceful protest”, officials said today.

Extra 1,200 troops placed on standby

Theresa May has revealed that G4 S holds Government and police contracts worth £600m

Wait for summer is almost over

The UK has to weather just a few more days of wind and rain before a long-awaited “more usual” summer pattern arrives, forecasters predict.

Hundreds of police stations to close in cutbacks

Thousands of police jobs to be lost in £2.4bn cuts to service, says watchdog

Front line: Police say they often face hostility in their work

Frontline police to be cut by 5,800

Almost 6,000 officers will be lost from the frontline in three years' time as a result of the Government's budget cuts, figures showed today.

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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

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Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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